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A Great Revelation


You don’t have to believe, judge, delete, or act upon your ‘negative’ thoughts. Just notice them. Observe with fascination. They soon pass like clouds into nothingness and silence, leaving no trace. They are not your enemies, and ultimately, they are not even ‘negative’. They are just thoughts. They are innocent clouds in a vast sky.~~Jeff Foster

Innocent thoughts?! Oh my. Now there’s a novel concept. Some thoughts are like tsunamis. It is great to write down the most ‘triggering thoughts.’ Who and what caused them?  What is the essence of the tsunami-thought? Then sit, try to be still, and see how that person/situation is simply triggering an aspect of me. There are only trigger points, in situations and persons, that cause this tsunami. It takes ‘guts’ and a lot of love to heal dark aspects. I must practice to meet everything as it is.

Today is the first day of your next project Whether you’re facing a chilly office or a frosty morning, these Autumn Diamonds gloves deliver warmth with style!

Add a dose of cozy style to your living room with the Herringbone Stitch Pillow! Three skeins of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick–a super-bulky yarn–works up with excellent stitch definition. Warm, soft and easy-care, this brightly-hued pillow will enhance your decor with a pretty pop of eye-catching texture and color. I am making a rectangular-shape pillow with stitch pattern on both sides, using Vanna’s Choice Yarn. There are many possibilities with this easily adaptable design/pattern.

Tired of solid color blankets that fade and look old and worn out before their time? Don’t know what to do with all of your mini-skeins and leftovers. Knit an multicolored addition to your decor with the Rounding the Square. It is an easy way of explaining the in-the-round square. “Don’t let your preferred fixed-circle markers get trapped forever inthe knitting.” It made me laugh. The versatile blanket is sure to add cheer and happiness to any setting especially in the cold winter months.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE(My modified version of Emerald Shoulder Shrug knitted in an afternoon.)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Clarity


In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.~~Buddha

So simply yet so difficult. What matter most in having this three important things in life is living with peace of mind and happiness in life. Heaven and hell are states of mind. I choose to be mindful, always cultivate the peace of mind and joy in my heart. Recharging only possible vibes and simplify.

To celebrate the Tour of Britain, download Cavendish Cycling Mitts pattern–especially designed for cyclistsFREE with coupon code TOUR1, good ’til close of September 14, 2014. What a nice tribute. Perfect for a cool morning ride. Go Cav!!! Thank you Miranda Jollie for the adorable gift.

One Bad Ombrégroan for the pun–but the cute slouch hat is rather fun. The pattern is FREE ’til midnight (Pacific Time,) September 15th. Click Buy It Now; then Coupon Code (no code needed.) The price will adjust to FREE. Excellent way to use up scrap sock yarn or mini skeins–not that any of us have ANY of that sitting around our stash, right?

Baby Tunisian Diamond Afghan blanket pattern describes in full (no abbreviations) how to make a small blanket one square at a time. Only a basic knowledge of crochet or knitting is needed. The photos illustrate the blanket made with Robin double knitting yarn, but, you may use your own favorite yarn and hook. Gauge isn’t important. However, the measurements may differ.

In celebration of fall season in Kansas, Fifty Four Ten Studio is offering The Home Pillow knitting pattern FREE through Sunday, 9 p.m. Central Time, September 14. Use coupon code FALLHOME at check-out.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE.

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Distorted Image: Success


The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.~~David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World

I don’t agree with the fact stated. These people have and will always be here and around. The fact I do agree with, however, is that it is the perception of success that needs to change. Success in my culture is all about money and assets. I cannot force understanding, but, in due season, folks may find truth or they may not. One good way to navigate through these changing times is to surround myself around like-minded people who have similar values. This seems to be harder than it sounds in today’s culture. The image of success is a mere shadowed fraction of what success truly means. One by one, I must correct this distorted image–within my means–for my children’s sake. Will you do that for yours?

What activities do you like to do in the fall? I heart the Long walks, fall festivals–especially if they are fall fiber festivals–long drives to see the autumn foliage, knitting, spinning, and planning holiday projects.

I have been up to my eyes in finishing up a cardigan and not been online much as I would like. Yet, it doesn’t deter me from bringing to you this adorable Strawberry Crochet Ball. This pattern is FREE for 30 days, ’til September 24, 2014. Use coupon code STRAWBERRY at check-out.

Inspired by the cloud covered peak of one of Yorkshire’s three highest fells is Pen-y-ghent, a light, delicate triangular shawl in the beautiful Titus yarn. Very effective and beautiful design. The pattern is FREE ’til September 4. Use coupon code REDDIT at check-out.

The stunning cabled Greengage Mitts caught my eyes instantly and went right in the queue. I’ll be making a few pairs for holiday gifts. Again, thanks to the generous designer of Pen-y-ghent shawl above, Will Nelson, the pattern is FREE also ’til September 4. Use coupon code KNITIT at check-out.  Thank you, Will!

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE. (Work-in-Progres–I may have a new sweater tomorrow. Can you feel my excitement?)

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Toltec Wisdom in Modern Times


I was a nice innocent little child loving life and everything in it. I knew no color. I knew no hate, no fear. The block I lived on (surrounded by hundreds of congested families) was my entire world. I was happy. After reading this bill, I’m not sure I’d feel the same way if born into today’s world.

Here it is an elementary school–my husband once attended and spent many good summers running along the adjacent trail and playing in the school ground after school hours–now all fenced in like a jail cell. I find this sad, madly, passing by it every day, last week, with my husband and the teens.

I try to laugh at my worries, fulfill my dreams, and give support to my teens to fulfill theirs. Don Miguel Ruiz is leading me back to center once more. Thanks to his beautifully inspired truths in The Living The Four Agreements and The Five Levels of Attachment, I am breathing better and energy is on the rise.

I strive to expand the Toltec wisdom in modern times, to look at my attachments with new lens and new hope for releasing them, to find my true self instead of relying on others’ opinions on me, and bring peace, joy, and love as I travel along in this beautiful life. Life is good.

I know the days are still quite warm, but, Fall will be here before you and I know it.

If you are looking for something small to knit in the heat and be ready for Fall, check out this new free fingerless glove pattern, Simple Lines by Diana Jean Twiss and knit with absolutely fabulous Skacel HiKoo Kenzie yarn. The straight-forward pattern has been tested out by new knitters. Promising, isn’t it?

Do you heart classic yet modern fashionable accessory?  My handpicked-of-the-day FREE pattern Honey Stitch Cowl is just the thing for you. Too many textured cables? You may rest easy. Davina Choy, the generous designer, will show you how it can be done without a cable needle in her fantastic video tutorial here.

Doesn’t the stylish design of these Padded Moccasins make you want to jump in and try your hand at crochet?  Here’s your chance.  Thank you Country Woman Magazine for the FREE pattern.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

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Life’s an Adventure


Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do children as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.~~Helen Keller

Is it good to risk than doing nothing at all? I am convinced that the true spirit in me chose a daring adventure over nothing. Nothing in nature is guaranteed or ever stays the same. Nature lives, thrives, changes and functions into a variable future.

I prefer to go forward into life–even the deep yet fascinating mysterious unknown aspect of it–than spend any time at all avoiding anything, danger included. Learning, growing and healing are adventures. The security I know arises from within me. Life’s an adventure. Dare it.

I woke up to a cool morning. It’s a great time to start making Fall projects, isn’t it? Get ready for more crisp fall days with these amazing mitts! Autumn in the Ozarks knitted pattern is FREE through September 20.

For all Whovians, how would you like to celebrate the new series of Doctor Who–with a brand new Doctor–with some Who-themed projects? Insulate! Hat and Insulate! Mittens are both very high up on my to-knit list right now–both are FREE.

Decorating for Halloween is always so much fun. Are you ready for some Ghost Coasters? The crocheted coaster pattern is FREE at Red Heart (North America) site.

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

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This is Life!


The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

COOL Park Day at Hillside Park, Bend, Oregon
April 24, 2013

Climb the mountain, follow my path, listen to my drumbeat.

Mr. Thunder Bad Boyz Pageant, Fundraiser for local Sparrow Club
at Summer High School, Bend, Oregon

The struggles I face on my way up will look so small when I am standing on the summit and looking back at where I have been.

Camping at Paulina Lake, Oregon with COOL friends
on September 29, 2012no

Today I want to share a poem Charlie Chaplin wrote for the occasion of his 70th birthday so we may meditate upon it:

When I started loving myself
I understood that I’m always and at any given opportunity
in the right place at the right time.
And I understood that all that happens is right –
from then on I could be calm.
Today I know: It’s called TRUST.

When I started to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
When I tried to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time is not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I know: It’s called LETTING GO

When I started loving myself
I could recognize that emotional pain and grief
are just warnings for me to not live against my own truth.
Today I know: It’s called AUTHENTICALLY BEING.

When I started loving myself
I stopped longing for another life
and could see that everything around me was a request to grow.
Today I know: It’s called MATURITY.

When I started loving myself
I stopped depriving myself of my free time
and stopped sketching further magnificent projects for the future.
Today I only do what’s fun and joy for me,
what I love and what makes my heart laugh,
in my own way and in my tempo.
Today I know: it’s called HONESTY.

When I started loving myself
I escaped from all what wasn’t healthy for me,
from dishes, people, things, situations
and from everything pulling me down and away from myself.
In the beginning I called it the “healthy egoism”,
but today I know: it’s called SELF-LOVE.

When I started loving myself
I stopped wanting to be always right
thus I’ve been less wrong.
Today I’ve recognized: it’s called HUMBLENESS.

When I started loving myself
I refused to live further in the past
and worry about my future.
Now I live only at this moment where EVERYTHING takes place,
like this I live every day and I call it CONSCIOUSNESS.

When I started loving myself
I recognized, that my thinking
can make me miserable and sick.
When I requested for my heart forces,
my mind got an important partner.
Today I call this connection HEART WISDOM.

We do not need to fear further discussions,
conflicts and problems with ourselves and others
since even stars sometimes bang on each other
and create new worlds.
Today I know: THIS IS LIFE!

Noah and his competitor, end of their 800m
to wrap up 2013 Swim MFcaeet Kick-off in Bend, Oregon
at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, May 6, 2013

Luckily, I can start applying some of its utterly truth before my 70th anniversary by simply beginning to love the core of it, the Self.  What I love, I know…that love will bring the peace of integration that delivers the consensus within.   A woman needs just four things:  a black dress, a black sweater, a pair of black mittens, and, on her arm, a man she loves.

Casino Royale in black Premier Serenity Sock Yarn is another elegant lace design by Hungarian Eszter Sarkadi Nagy, aka wondrlanding.

The cuffs are the best part of the fun to knit up.  Very stylish and practical.  I would like a pair in every color of the color wheel for my wardrobe.  How about you?  What is/are your closet must-have(s)?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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13 Days…


So now, it’s time for me to sit down and really take the time to figure out what to get each of our children for Christmas.  I’m going to have to concentrate, to shop, and to make.  I’m going to have to come up with my best mom magic to do this.  But, I think I’m up to it.

I’m itching to bead up a cabochon pendant or two for the girls out of this wonderful stash I scored, 25 cents a piece, at the Rummage Sale over the weekend.

How about you? Do you have something for everyone on your gift list?

My second pair of Tipless Oak Glove–Sea Breeze–came out, nearly perfect

Some leftover purple dye from the first pair broke and stained a small area with red.

Lesson? Wash excess dyes off the gloves between each handle.

Regardless, I am happy with the dyeing outcome and will add a little embroidery to camouflage the stain.

Only thing I detoured from the pattern was added more rounds to the cuffs and less stockinette fabric at completion of the motif-rounds.

Like the autumnal pair, I put the gloves in very slowly to see a visible gradient form up the object as there’s less and less dye available.

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.–Winston Churchill. As far as I’m concerned, a beautiful thing is never perfect…and I’m sticking to it 😀    And how our early winter snow has found its way back….?!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Exhausted!


Boy…was I in for a big surprise setting up last night for the rummage sale!

As long as I live, rummage is an event at which second hand goods are sold, typical by an institution such as a local Scout group or church, as a fundraising or charitable effort.

In this case, it’s for our local 4H.

It turns out the Name-Your-Price Rummage is across the way in North Sister building. Hubby and I arrived the fairground just before 9 in the morning and home around 8 in the evening.

Exhausted is the only word I can spit out right now.

It wasn’t a good turnout. Santa went home after a couple of hours…with no boy or girl in sight.

There is only so much for vendors to browse and chat around. Thank goodness for some fabulous entertainment.

A small consolation…I finished another pair of tipless Oak 😀

This pair will be in some ocean blue gradient instead of autumnal pair on the left

Lets hope tomorrow Rummage will be a much better day for all. Stop by Booth #51 in South Sister Building and say hello if you are in town.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Fresh from the Dye Dish


I honestly can’t keep up with the posts here–I could spend all my free time just ogling and add to the fray.

I got a bee in my bonnet this morning about dyeing up my tipless oak gloves in an autumnal gradual gradient.  My grand scheme worked well. It took less than 15 minutes in all from mixing up dye bath to dyeing, heat-set, acidic bath, and to final rinse. I love knitting with Joann’s Kashmira and dyeing the finished knit heavenly. It takes dyes so well.

I love beautiful things.  I love creating.   And I love the details!   Hand-dyeing with food-based dyes is how I express it often! This is a peek at some of the steps from my dyeing. When it dyes uniformly, then there would be no great sadness. But if it were uneven, there would be joy.

I love hand-dyeing because of the unexpected quality of it. No matter how proficient I become or how much I may try to predict the outcome, my hand-dyeing always includes an element of the unknown. I tend to try to be too precise in the things I create, and dyeing forces me away from that control.  The fibers will always have their say which what I truly like about dyeing…getting to know my fibers.  My favorite hand-dyed yarns are those that are one of a kind. They certainly can’t be duplicated by a machine and possibly can’t even be duplicated by another dyer.  To me, this is the essence of handmade–a piece that is the reflection of its creator and one that can never again be recreated exactly.

Kettle dyeing is a kind of low-to-moderate water immersion. Kettle dyeing a semi-solid is often done by just letting the yarn form its own resist. Which means that the yarn itself physically blocks the path of the dye, creating areas of light and dark. If I mix up my dye stock, put in my dye pot with acid (vinegar or lemon juice,) and heat it up very hot, when I drop in my project, the dye will start to strike right away.

If I put the project in very slowly, I’ll be able to see a visible gradient form up the object as there’s less and less dye available (and as the bath cools down because of the cool fiber.) Once all the object is in, the bits that are most exposed to the largest volume of dye bath will get the most of remaining available color, further creating light and dark areas, depending on how much dye is left in the pot. If I want a very even color, a larger volume of water allows the fiber to spread out more, adding salt to the water will slow down striking, and starting with a cooler dye bath will also slow down striking. It lets me stir (gently) to expose more of the fiber to more of the dye.

If I want to do tone-on-tone, instead of one solid color, I can. I can do something called hot pour which is pouring concentrated dye into parts of the pot where the yarn is barely submerged in a small amount of acidulated water. The dye spreads minimally because the yarn is blocking it from traveling. This is often used for really striking colorways with high contrast. However, if I use complementary colors, it can be more subtle. Or I can do what I do, which is overdye the same fiber repeatedly. Put it in the dye bath, let it exhaust, take it out, add more dye in a complementary color if I don’t want it to be too vivid, put it back, let it exhaust, repeat as desired. These are all 100% wool, not a superwash, that I did that way, although usually with only 2 or 3 passes of color, being careful not to handle the fiber too much and felt it.

I’m kinda excited about today’s play. Similar to kettle dyeing–but less time-consuming with minimal fuss–I dare say I have my 4-step No Mess, 15-minute gradient dye perfected.

Anyone else has the crazy, obsessive urge to do things even though there is no purpose for them?

I can’t stop thinking about dyeing more finished knit, yarn, or fiber/roving.  I’m plotting gradient blue or purple.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Modish and Warm


Time flew by…I must have been enjoying myself.  Back in the saddle after a low dip of life and doing a bunch of recycling of old clothes, papers, and magazines.  I have been busy knitting up a storm too and am lying in bed feeling incredibly self-satisfied and proud, having just finished another fun knit.  Ah, nothing like a finished project…Taking center stage is these unisex fingerless gloves, worked in the round using a 24″ long Size 0 circular needles, magic Loop, two-at-a-time.

I cast on last night and completed this evening.  I had the pattern with me to the family retreat back in September…why did I wait ’til now?  Stitch patterns are provided in charts and written form.  Beautiful and sweet!  It was not that easy to knit the fingers in teeny, tiny, extremely sharp-point Size 1-9″ long cable needles  (only you should see my poor, sore right index right finger!)  The outcome is worth the effort!

These seamless gloves keep my hands warm, but, fingertips free allowing me to knit, work a camera, or perform any activity–or  people using Ipod, Iphone, Ipad, Tablet, or photographers–requiring a precision touch, be able to use their fingers, but not wanting to freeze.  No More Cold Computer Hands.  Super easy and really cute!  Just half a skein.  The star of these gloves is the embossed oak leaf stitch, suitable for both genders.  This is a versatile pattern that may be easily modified to fit smaller (like I have here) or larger sizes. It could also be easily modified to make full-fingered gloves.

At this time of year, my thoughts turn toward the holidays.  I find it helpful to have a few quick-n-easy gift ideas and reliable recipes to make the season a little less stressful.  To dispel a common perception, knit gifts neither have to be pricey, fancy, nor take weeks/months of complicated knitting/making to be a gift I am proud to give or wear.  It’s all in the finishing touches.

These gloves (as well as newsboy caps and gauntlets) in the post are simple yet with effective design element to elevate them to gift giving or holiday wearing status.  All is required is a single skein of yarn, a tried and true pattern that has been made successfully time and again, and a few notions in the way of buttons or beads…some contrasting reverse stockinette border  or flower embellishment–some of endless ways to personalize a basic pattern to your taste–to add a finishing touch or two!

I’ve been pondered about finishing touches.  It strikes me I haven’t devoted nearly enough time to reading good literature, listening to fine music, or devoting my efforts to a worthy cause.   I’m in serious need of some finishing touches!  Self is the most important work-in-progress I have.  Wouldn’t it sweet if only I could work on it last night and complete Self this evening ?!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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